Dr. Michael E. Brooks


Michael E. Brooks, Ph.D.

Position: Graduate Coordinator and Associate Professor of Teaching
Phone: 419-372-8333
Email: mebrook@bgsu.edu
Address: 139 Williams Hall


  • Ohio Academy of History
  • American Historical Association


Dr. Michael Brooks, Associate Teaching Professor and Undergraduate Adviser  (Ph.D., University of Toledo, 2009).  Dr. Brooks has research interests in epidemiological history, European global expansion, as well as the history of the American white supremacist movement. An avid technophile, Brooks has also spent much of his teaching career developing online course curricula. Prior to joining BGSU as a faculty member in 2009, Brooks taught at a number of regional colleges and universities, including Wayne State University, Lourdes University, and the University of Toledo. He recently published The Ku Klux Klan in Wood County, Ohio (The History Press, 2014). Dr. Brooks also co-edits the journal Northwest Ohio History.

Fields of Study

  • European expansion
  • Imperialism/colonialism
  • History of American hate groups
  • Digital and online education


  • PhD - History (2009) – major field: Modern Europe; minor field: Latin America; specialty field: European Expansion;  University of Toledo
  • MA - U.S. History (2007) University of Toledo
  • BA - History (2004) cum laude, University of Toledo

Selected Publications

Selected Publications:


  • Modern World History: An Open Source Textbook (2018)
  • The Ku Klux Klan in Wood County (2014)


  • "'Ham-Strung, Shackled, and Tied,' The Ku Klux Klan and Prohibition Enforcement in Wood County, Ohio," Northwest Ohio History, Spring 2017
  • “Geschichte des Ku Klux Klan,” Der Rechte Rand (167), March 2016
  • “Developing Effective Undergraduate Online History Courses: An Experiential Model,” Teaching History, February, 2016 (Volume XL, Number 1)
  • “Visual Representations of Prester John and His Kingdom,” Quidditas 34 (2014)
  • “The Potawatomi, Neo-Europeans, and the Great Black Swamp: An Examination of Nishnabek-Newcomer Interactions in Northwest Ohio,” Northwest Ohio History, Fall 2013

Book Reviews:

  • Review of American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant in Ohio History, Fall 2017
  • Review of The Second Coming of the Invisible Empire: The Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s in Civil War Book Review, Fall 2016


  • Panel chair, "Business on Main Street," Ohio Academy of History Conference, March 29, 2017.
  • Panel member, “Graduate Directors Roundtable.” 2016 Ohio Academy of History Conference, April 2, 2016.
  • Reading author, “‘Ham-Strung, Shackled, and Tied': the Ku Klux Klan and Prohibition Enforcement in Wood County, Ohio.” Alcohol and Drugs History Society conference, June 21, 2015.
  • Panel chair, “Sexuality in Late Twentieth-Century America,” Phi Alpha Theta Conference, Lourdes University, March 21, 2015.
  • Presenter, “Strategies for Improving Retention of Online Students,” BGSU Teaching and Learning Fair, February 2014.
  • Presenter, “Creating Effective Online Video Lectures,” BGSU Teaching and Learning Fair, February 2013.
  • Reading author, “Strategies for Online History Courses,” The Humanities and Technology Camp (THAT Camp), Columbus, OH.  January 16-17, 2010.

Courses Taught

  • HIST-1510 World Civilizations
  • HIST-1520 Modern World
  • HIST-2050 Early America
  • HIST-2060 Modern America
  • HIST-3030 World War II
  • HIST-3060 Ohio History
  • HIST-3190 Native American History
  • HIST-3370 Vietnam War
  • HIST-3600 Representative Personalities of the 20th Century
  • HIST-4210 Revolutionary Era America
  • HIST-4800 Research Seminar
  • HIST-6320 Revolutions in World History
  • HIST-6320 Vietnam Wars and Public Policy
  • HIST-6320 European Expansions, 1415-1763
  • HIST-6800 Epidemics in World History